When the three plastic purple slides at the Panhandle playground went missing unannounced over two months ago, parents and toddlers alike wondered just what was going on.
It turned out that the disappearance was due to Rec and Parks' efforts to fix a broken slide, one that had probably been damaged by some form of grown-up play.
Connie Chan of SF Rec and Parks told us at the time that they were working to determine a timeline for when the slide would be fixed and back in the play area. Two months later, many people were still wondering when the new slides would be in.
Well, we're happy to report that they're back. Sarah Ballard of Rec and Parks told us that the new slide, which is identical to the old one, went in a couple of days ago. A walk-by yesterday afternoon found the slides fully functional and in use.
In other Panhandle news, neighbors and park aficionados are all invited to help keep the Panhandle looking spiffy this and every second Saturday of the month: in this weekend's case, the cleanup will take place from 9am-12pm on Saturday, September 13th. That's right: turns out the Panhandle doesn't stay groomed by itself. Volunteer crews will meet at the central bulletin board and go from there.
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